WELCOME TO NOVEMBER !
We are learning All About Us !
Welcome to the New York City Pre-K for All third Interdisciplinary Unit of Study: All About Us. Now that your children have done an in-depth exploration of their senses and learned to explore the world around them, they are ready to learn more about themselves and the people around them. Pre-K for All enables children from all backgrounds and communities across the five boroughs to gain a solid foundation for future success. The All About Us unit supports that objective by providing opportunities for children to explore, learn about and embrace what makes them important and unique.
During the pre-K year, children develop a concept and awareness of themselves as unique individuals. A strong sense of self supports children’s success in pre-K and lays the groundwork for realizing their potential throughout their school and life experiences. Unit activities such as self-portraits and like/dislike activities invite children to think about and express their ideas about who they are. Throughout the unit there are also opportunities for children to explore the attributes of their names. Names are an important part of what makes them unique and are a helpful starting point for developing a wide range of early literacy skills as children are naturally interested in their own names.
We Are Learning…
Welcome to Unit 3: All About Us
All About Us
Who am I and who are the people in my life?
Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit:
Connected Academic Vocabulary
Adopted grumpy share
Afraid grandfather short
Alike grandmother shy
Angry happy siblings
Aunt hopeful silly
Big important sister
Bored individual small
Brother kind straight
Comfortable last name
Community love strong
Confused mad tall
Creative manners teamwork
cousin mother thoughts
culture nervous together
curly older uncle
different peace unique
ecstatic playful wavy
excited polite younger
First name sad
Books that can found in your local Library
Families by Ann Morris: A simple explanation of families, how they function, how they are different, and how they are alike.
Families, Families, Families! by Suzanne Lang: Families come in all shapes and sizes.
The Family Book by Todd Parr: Some families are big and some small, some have one parent and some have two moms or dads, some are quiet and some are noisy, but they are all alike in some ways and special no matter what.
Friends by Eric Carle: When his friend moves away, a boy sets out on a journey to find her.
Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberley: Monsters have all different kinds of feelings!
Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard: Feeling too grumpy to fly, Bird begins to walk and finds that his mood changes as other animals join him.
*Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney: During a bedtime game, every time Little Nutbrown Hare demonstrates how much he loves his father, Big Nutbrown Hare gently shows him that the love is returned even more.
Harriet, You’ll Drive Me Wild! by Mem Fox: Harriet was a pesky child...
Hear Your Heart by Paul Showers: A simple explanation of the structure of the heart and how it works.
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman: When Heather goes to playgroup, at first she feels bad because she has two mothers and no father, but then she learns that there are lots of different kinds of families.
How Are You Peeling? by Joost Elffers and Saxton Freymann: The pantry has gone mad!
How Do You Feel? by Anthony Browne: A young chimp shares the emotions he feels.
In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall by Javaka Steptoe: A collection of poems celebrating African-American fathers.
It’s Okay To Be Different by Todd Parr: An important message of acceptance.
*Knuffle Bunny, by Mo Willems: After Trixie and daddy leave the laundromat, something very important turns up missing.
Little Humans by Brandon Stanton: A photographic picture book highlighting the children of New York City.
LMNO Peas by Keith Baker: The peas have a variety of interests, hobbies and careers.
Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care by Jennifer Wilgocki and Marcia Kahn Wright: An Introduction to the people and procedures involved in foster care, and the feelings, reactions, and concerns of new foster children.
My Blue is Happy by Jessica Young: Colors may feel one way to you and another to me.
My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss: Each day is represented by a particular color, which in turn is associated with specific emotions.
The OK Book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal: Being OK can really be quite great.